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Former policeman honored for LSC service

David R. Ramos, who as a Chicago police officer achieved fame in 2018 apprehending a carjacker and kidnapper pictured on a television news report, received recognition by the Chicago City Council in August for 23 years of service on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Local School Councils (LSCs). Ramos joined the Ogden School LSC in 1996, […]


Al’s Beef makes wish come true for Michigan boy

“Now this is how you eat Italian beef,” said Chris Pacelli, “especially when it is soaked in gravy.” He leaned forward, over the counter of his Al’s Italian Beef #1, and took a huge bite. Then another. Not a drop on his shirt. Pacelli had a wide-eyed audience, in particular two young boys, on Sept. […]


Core Center celebrates 20 years of success

The Ruth M. Rothstein Core Center recently celebrated 20 years of prevention, care, and research concerning HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. The Core Center began as a partnership between Cook County Health (CCH) and Rush University Medical Center. Since its opening in 1998, the Center has remained one of the largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the […]


Musicians to perform at Rob Warmowski Memorial to benefit homeless

More than 40 Chicago punk, prog, noise, rock, and surf musicians, including current and former members of PiL, Naked Raygun, and Local H, will perform at a benefit concert to raise money for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in honor of the late Rob Warmowski, a fixture on the local music scene since forming surf […]


Saint Ignatius to share its athletic fields with the community; some still object

Saint Ignatius College Prep is constructing 12 acres of new athletic facilities along the south side of Roosevelt Road near Morgan Street in addition to updating and replacing some of the facilities throughout the privately operated Dan and Ada Rice Park on its campus, but the project also faces some opposition. 


Tri-Taylor group against gas station at Acme Barrel site

By Andrew Adams Thorntons LLC, a subsidiary of BP and ArcLight Capital Partners, plans to build a gasoline station at the former site of Acme Barrel Inc. Many neighbors, led by the Tri-Taylor Community Association (TTCA), oppose the idea. Thorntons wants to build on a plot of land bounded by Ogden Avenue, 13th Street, and […]


Congressmen, activists look to overturn Citizens United decision

By Igor Studenkov U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA-28), chair of the House’s Select Committee on Intelligence, on May 8 introduced an amendment that would use a constitutional amendment to undo the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The decision held that restricting spending by corporations, nonprofit organizations, and labor unions restricted free speech, which made […]


Sigcho-Lopez using downzoning to try to save St. Adalbert’s Church

By Nathan Worcester Although the final Mass at St. Adalbert’s Roman Catholic Church occurred on July 14, activists continue to struggle to save the historic property. As Pilsen rapidly gentrifies, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s decision to market the property on a real estate website has sparked fears developers will convert the property to expensive condominiums. […]


Ninth District/Deering Police Cmdr. Don Jerome takes charge

By Patrick Butler Since taking the helm at the Ninth (Deering) Police District in May, Commander Don Jerome has had few surprises, thanks to working a variety of jobs in the Ninth District before his promotion and filling in frequently for his predecessor, Randall Darlin, who won promotion to area chief executive officer and reports […]


Mayor Lightfoot contemplates larger joint police/firefighter training center

By Igor Studenkov As a mayoral candidate, Lori Lightfoot expressed skepticism about the proposal to replace the City’s existing police academy and a firefighters training facility with larger joint police and fire training center in West Humboldt Park at 4301 W. Chicago Ave. While she did not dismiss the idea altogether, she argued that the […]


New State Rep in 10th District; family ties are controversial

By Jake Ekdahl When Democratic committeemen filled the vacancy created by former 10th District State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin’s election to City of Chicago treasurer, they chose Jawaharial “Omar” Williams, son of 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, who sits on the committee and controls the largest share of the committeemen’s votes. Williams, age 44, worked as […]


Rent control advocates gear up for new push

Earlier this year, two bills in the Illinois General Assembly repealing the State law barring rent control in Chicago and creating rent control boards in six regions across the State looked likely to pass, but no longer, as interests opposing the bills appear to have persuaded State legislators to back off. Groups from all over […]